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Historical Context for Today's Surveillance Debates: The 1945 Legal Memo on What Became Operation Shamrock

Section 702 is coming up for renewal later this year, and it is clear we'll be hearing a lot in that context about the impact of SIGINT collection activities on US person communications. When that topic comes up, inevitably there follows at least a brief reference to the Church Committee's exposure of Operation SHAMROCK and Operation MINARET. In light of all this--or perhaps just because I love archival finds--I'm writing this post to capture some 1940s history that helps us better understand those 1970s revelations--and how if at all they pertain to today's controversies.

Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

The United Kingdom has formally begun the process of exiting the European Union, delivering notice of the country’s intent to withdraw to EU President Donald Tusk. Though Britain is currently scheduled to leave the EU by 2019, both parties face complicated negotiations with a wealth of potential pitfalls ahead. It remains unclear what form Britain’s eventual separation from the bloc will take and what the eventual relationship between the UK and EU will look like.

Middle East Ticker

Civilian Casualties Mount in U.S. Fight against Islamic State, U.S. Forces Launch Surprise Attack Near Mosul, and Mubarak Released after Years in Detention

Did changes to U.S. rules of engagement allow a deadly strike in Mosul? Is there an endgame for the upcoming battle for Raqqa? And the release of the biggest autocrat to fall in the Arab Spring is a symbolic defeat.

Hoover Book Soiree

Tonight—Hoover Book Soiree: Graeme Wood's The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State

A reminder that the next in our series of book soirees at the Hoover Institution will take place from 5-7 pm tonight, March 28, when Ben and Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom and Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hoover Institution, will interview Graeme Wood on his new book, The Way of the Strangers: Encounters with the Islamic State.

This series of monthly book conversations about national security law and policy is sponsored by the Hoover Institution's National Security, Technology, and Law Working Group. The conversations take place at Hoover's offices at 1399 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 500, preceded by a reception with food and drink, then recorded for podcasting on Lawfare

Space for the March 28 event is limited; RSVPs are required. Here is the invitation. We hope you will try to come.

Hoover Institution Event

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